7 Black Women Owned Clothing and Apparel Lines

Black culture has always been a leading influence in the fashion and design industry. Black-owned brands are growing in number and popularity. If you’re a melanin woman who loves to dress to impress from head to toe, why not get your fleek on with linens designed by our very own?!  Below are 7 up-and-coming clothing and apparel lines made by Black Women Fashionistas :

1. Sweet Knowledge Clothing
Leslie Antonoff, a Howard University Alum created this brand to allow HBCU students to represent their school and show school pride through her clothing. Attending an HBCU ignited a fire of school pride in her spirit that she wanted to share with the world. She wanted to sport her school spirit on and off campus and so started her company. Sweet knowledge offers several different styles that can fit just about any students’ taste. Like the old adage says – “The Blacker The College, The Sweeter The Knowledge”. A sweatshirt or a tee could be anything but when you’re rocking SKCC – it is sure to be SWEET.

2. Christian Omeshun
Founded by A’Shontay Hubbard, This brand was created for the, “ambitious, curvy woman who stops the show with her charismatic sense of style.” She recognized a gap in the market for fashionable clothing for curvy and plus size women and began this line shortly after attaining her degree in fashion. She was determined to create a clothing line for the plus size woman with a flare for fashion.


3. Nubian Skin
Nude bras and hosiery are basics in eveeery womans wardrobe. The lack of skin tone options for women of color ignited the idea for this brand. Founded by Ade Hassa, Nubian Skin is a collection of lingerie and hosiery for women of color. Her brand focuses on different shades of nude to embrace and accommodate the different beautiful shades of black. Just about every skin tone of Ade Hassan, decided ‘it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.

4.Cierra Lynn Collection
Cierra Lynn’s line strives to promote self-love through fashion. She turned her love for art into a business, designing stylish wardrobe filled with uplifting, customizable phrases. Known for her unique style, celebration of individuality, and colorful brush strokes Cierra Lynn has become a force in the fashion industry.

5. Malcom X Legacy
Created by Malcolm X’s daughters, Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah, Malikah, and Malaak, this brand has the mission of global social activism. They hope the clothing line will keep his legacy and revolutionary spirit alive. Intended to honor the 12 principles of their father, Unity, Human Rights, Self-Sacrifice, Spirituality, Self-Determination, Education, Economic Independence, Self Defense, Anti Racism, Cultural Pride, Restoration, and finally, Justice, you can find everything from influential t-shirts to pillows and canvases!

Created by artist Kashmir Thompson, this brand is becoming a staple for Black pop culture. Her repertoire of black pop culture inspired paintings is gaining her a massive social media following. Celebrities like Angela Bassett, Issa Rae, Spike Lee, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tasha Smith have all been talking about her artwork, which has now been turned into a clothing brand. Kashmir is creating her own lane and owning it!

Glossrags, founded by Randi Gloss, is a clothing company dedicated to remembering those who died due to police brutality. Committed to create conscious consumerism, Names such as Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown and more can be found on the t-shirts and sported to support the cause to end police brutality throughout the nation.

These and many more black female fashion designers are making their names known; bringing fierce talent and exquisite style to wardrobes around the world.

Makisha Boothe

Makisha is Head Business Coach and founder of Sistahbiz Global Network. She specializes in rapid improvement and innovation, and helps women with business startup and design.

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